Sunday, February 28, 2016

Homework: February 29 - March 4

Homework
  February 29 - March 4

New Homework Expectations:  We will have new homework expectations for the rest of the year. We will not only be recording students that have turned in their "Turn-In Homework", but we will be checking Smarty Ants and DreamBox to make sure students are spending 10-15 minutes a day on each program. We will also be keeping track of students that bring book bags to school every day. Thank you for your continued support at home!

Check out Parent Square where you can find additional homework activities to download. 


Flashcards: Don't forget to make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, NEXT, LAST  and new letter team: TCH. PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRACTICE ALL OF YOUR OLD FLASHCARDS - ESPECIALLY THOSE YOUR CHILD IS STILL STRUGGLING WITH - ASSESSMENTS AND REPORT CARDS ARE COMING UP!!!! 

Phonemic Awareness:  Please work with your child on the following Phonemic Awareness skills - rhyming, blending, segmenting, syllables, and beginning/middle/ending sounds. Please see our Phonemic Awareness tab for ideas and tips. Please check your child's report card from the first and second trimester to see Foundational Skills areas where they may still need support. 

Reading: Play Smarty Ants for 10-15 minutes each night. In addition to Smarty Ants, we ask that you read your Book Bag every night. This includes: sight words and letter team RAN Boards, fluency passage, any paper books, and library book.

You can also access Raz-kids Reading. This is a web sight reading program where your child can access digital books online. The books can be read and/or listened to and then your child can take a quiz to check for understanding. You will find the links to Smarty Ants and raz-kids below.
Smarty Ants Reading World
raz-kids  

You can also download the Smarty Ants and raz-kids apps to your tablet for free!

Writing:  Practice writing EVERY day.  You can practice writing a 5 sentence Step up to Writing paragraph in your at-home journal.

Math: Play DreamBox for 10-15 minutes each night.


Continue to discuss ways to make 5 (and ways to make 10!), numbers in base ten (in the number 16, how many tens and how many ones?), addition and subtraction number problems and word problems, 2D and 3D shapes, and the Doubles Song. Count the money in your bank. Example: The number 14 has one ten and four ones. 10+4=14. 

Our school code is X2we/inlandlcs
You can download the DreamBox app for your tablet

Turn-In Homework:  Write three or more sentences about your favorite book.  Draw a picture to go with your writing. 

Note: If you visit the following link (Sharing Paper), you'll find a great printable writing page with a spot for writing and for a picture! Feel free to print off a bunch of these pages to use for turn in writing homework each week :) The Sharing Paper link can also be found on the Fun Learning Links tab at the top of the page.

Week News: February 29 - March 4

February  29 - March 4

HAPPY DR. SEUSS WEEK!! This week, we are celebrating Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss' birthday! It's going to be a fun-filled week with a silly something to wear each day!
Monday: 
Silly Sock Day {come to school in your silliest socks!}
Tuesday:
Stripes and/or Polka-dots Day
Wednesday: 
Wacky Hat Wednesday {I can't wait to see all of those wacky hats!}
Thursday: 
Rhyme Time Day {dress in rhyme - some examples are: a green queen, a fish with a dish, a cook with a book, etc. Have fun!}
Friday:
Relax and Read Day {come to school in your PJ's!}

As part of our Read Across America celebration, we are welcoming guest readers into our classroom throughout the week!  We will also be eating Green Eggs and Ham on Friday! Thank you for all of the donations to make our week so much fun!
Continue to work on your community service projects. These will be due at the end of May. Please see our Community Service Tab for more information and feel free to email me if you have any questions.  

Upcoming Events:

February 29-March 4: Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss Celebration 
Friday, March 18th: End of the Trimester Awards Assembly 
Thursday, March 17: SPECIAL ST. PATRICK'S DAY, WEAR GREEN CELEBRATION
Friday, March 18 -SPECIAL SPRING AND EASTER CENTERS
March 21- April 1: SPRING BREAK!!!

On Monday your child will come home with a special homework assignment - "Build a Leprechaun Trap."  This will be the Turn-In Homework portion of homework for the week of March 7 AND the week of March 21. Please note: the traps will be due in class no later than Wednesday, March 16th so we can do a special in class project with them.   

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, NEXT, LAST

Letter Team:  TCH (sounds like CH, like in BATCH, FETCH, ITCH).

Reading: This week, we will welcome guest readers and read lots of Dr. Seuss books.

Writing: This week, we will be writing all about our favorite books. We will write about our favorite parts of the story, the characters, and why we love to read. 

Math: This week, I will continue to assess students on all the math concepts we have learned so far, including numbers, shapes, measurement, fluency facts through 5, addition and subtraction, decomposing and composing numbers, and base ten place value. We will review everything we have learned in math so far this year and play lots of fun math games!

Leadership: SELF-CONTROL.



 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Weekly News: February 22-26


Thank you so much for the wonderful classroom baby shower! I feel so spoiled by all of your gifts and love! It has been such a joy to share this pregnancy with such a fantastic group of kids and families. 

We've been having a lot of fun learning all about our presidents! This week, we will read and write about Abraham Lincoln as we study his life. 


Next week (February 29-March 4) we are celebrating Read Across America Week and celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday! As part of our Read Across America celebration, we are welcoming guest readers into our classroom throughout the week! If you or someone you know (grandma, grandpa, neighbor, friend, doctor, librarian, etc!) would like to come and read your favorite story to our kindergarten class, be on the look out for a sign up on ParentSquare - coming soon! We are welcoming one guest reader every day!

We will also be celebrating Dr. Seuss next week by dressing up! It's going to be a fun-filled week with a silly something to wear each day! Start planning your silly outfits now! 

Monday: 
Silly Sock Day {come to school in your silliest socks!}
Tuesday:
Stripes and/or Polka-dots Day 
Wednesday: 
Wacky Hat Wednesday {I can't wait to see all of those wacky hats!}
Thursday: 
Rhyme Time Day {dress in rhyme - some examples are: a green queen, a fish with a dish, a cook with a book, etc. Have fun!}
Friday:
Relax and Read Day {come to school in your PJ's!}

Continue to work on your community service projects. These will be due at the end of May. Please see our Community Service Tab for more information and feel free to email me if you have any questions.  


Upcoming Events:
Monday, February 29: Welcome, Mrs. TerKeurst!
March 1-4: Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss Celebration 
Thursday, March 17: SPECIAL ST. PATRICK'S WEAR GREEN DAY AND CENTERS
Friday, March 18: SPECIAL SPRING AND EASTER CENTERS
March 21-April 1: SPRING BREAK!!!


If you are at the store and happen to think of us, we'd love.... 
PRIZES FOR OUR CLASS STORE!!! 
EVEN MORE GLUE STICKS! :) 


What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: THERE, WHERE, THEY, THEN, THEM.

Letter Team:  EY (makes two sounds - EE like in KEY, and AY like in THEY) 

Reading:
 
We will continue to read books about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Writing:  We will continue practicing writing a Step Up to Writing paragraph with a topic sentence, three things about that topic, and a conclusion sentence. 

Math: 
This week, I will continue to assess students on all the math concepts we have learned so far, including numbers, shapes, measurement, fluency facts through 5, addition and subtraction, decomposing and composing numbers, and base ten place value. 

Leadership: SELF-CONTROL.

Homework: February 22-26

Flashcards: Don't forget to make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: THERE, WHERE, THEN, THEY, THEM and new letter team: EY.

Phonemic Awareness: Please work with your child on the following Phonemic Awareness skills - rhyming, blending, segmenting, syllables, and beginning/middle/ending sounds. 

Reading: Play Smarty Ants for 10-15 minutes each night. In addition to Smarty Ants, we ask that you read your Book Bag every night. This includes: sight words, fluency passage, paper book, and library book. 

Writing: Write every day in your at-home journal. You should be writing AT LEAST three sentences every day, with a goal of a five sentence paragraph.

Math: Play Dreambox for 10-15 minutes each night. Continue to discuss ways to make 5 (and ways to make 10!), numbers in base ten (in the number 16, how many tens and how many ones?), addition and subtraction number problems and word problems, 2D and 3D shapes, and the Doubles Song.Count the money in your bank.

Turn-in Homework: This week, write three-five sentences about what we are learning about Abraham Lincoln. Draw a picture to go with your sentences.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Weekly News: February 15-19


I hope you enjoyed a relaxing three-day weekend with your families. 

We had a wonderful Valentine's Day Celebration! Thank you for all of the help, donations, and Valentine goodies! 

Continue to work on your community service projects. These will be due at the end of May. Please see our Community Service Tab for more information and feel free to email me if you have any questions.  


Upcoming Events:  
Monday, February 15: NO SCHOOL 
March 1-4: Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss Celebration 
Thursday, March 17: SPECIAL ST. PATRICK'S WEAR GREEN DAY AND CENTERS
Friday, March 18: SPECIAL SPRING AND EASTER CENTERS
March 21-April 1: SPRING BREAK!!!


If you are at the store and happen to think of us, we'd love.... 
PRIZES FOR OUR CLASS STORE!!! 
EVEN MORE GLUE STICKS! :) 


What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: ANY, MANY, BUT, WERE, PEOPLE.

Letter Team:  We will revisit and focus on all of our "2 Vowels Go Walking" this week. The rule is "when two vowels go a-walking, the first one does the talking, by saying it's name!" You can help your child with this by making flashcards for AI, EA, OA, OE, and UI. We will work on decoding words with this rule - like RAIN, LEAF, GOAT, TOE, and FRUIT.

Reading:
 
For the next two weeks, we will read books about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Writing:  We will continue practicing writing a Step Up to Writing paragraph with a topic sentence, three things about that topic, and a conclusion sentence. 

Math: 
This week, I will assess students on all the math concepts we have learned so far, including numbers, shapes, measurement, fluency facts through 5, addition and subtraction, decomposing and composing numbers, and base ten place value. 

Leadership: SELF-CONTROL.

Homework: February 16-19

Flashcards: Don't forget to make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: ANY, MANY, BUT, WERE, PEOPLE and new letter teams are our two vowels go walking: AI, EA, OA, OE, UI. PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRACTICE ALL OF YOUR OLD FLASHCARDS - ESPECIALLY THOSE YOUR CHILD IS STILL STRUGGLING WITH - I WILL BE ASSESSING THIS WEEK! 

Phonemic Awareness: Please work with your child on the following Phonemic Awareness skills - rhyming, blending, segmenting, syllables, and beginning/middle/ending sounds. 

Reading: Play Smarty Ants for 10-15 minutes each night. In addition to Smarty Ants, we ask that you read your Book Bag every night. This includes: sight words, fluency passage, paper book, and library book. 

Writing: Write every day in your at-home journal. You should be writing AT LEAST three sentences every day, with a goal of a five sentence paragraph.

Math: Play Dreambox for 10-15 minutes each night. Continue to discuss ways to make 5 (and ways to make 10!), numbers in base ten (in the number 16, how many tens and how many ones?), addition and subtraction number problems and word problems, 2D and 3D shapes, and the Doubles Song.Count the money in your bank.

Turn-in Homework: Write three to five sentences what we are learning about George Washington. Draw a picture to go with your sentences. Remember that sharing is due any day this week. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Weekly News: February 9-12


I hope you enjoyed a relaxing three-day weekend with your families. We have another three-day weekend coming up this week, as there is no school on Monday, February 15th. 

We had so much fun on our field trip to the Lewis Playhouse! Thank you for making this possible by donating into our Dollar a Day fund. We are looking forward to one more kindergarten field trip to the Children's Museum of the Desert in April. 

We will be celebrating Valentine's Day together on Friday. Thank you so much for all of the Capri Sun boxes {and thank you to the parents who wrapped them!} These will be used as our Valentine's Mailboxes. If your child would like to make valentines for the class, a list of boys and girls names were sent home last week. This is great writing practice for your child. Please check the sign-up on ParentSquare if you would like to donate towards our fun Valentine's Day centers. 

Continue to work on your community service projects. These will be due at the end of May. Please see our Community Service Tab for more information and feel free to email me if you have any questions.  


Upcoming Events:  
Monday, February 8: NO SCHOOL 
Friday, February 12: Valentine's Day Centers 
Monday, February 15: NO SCHOOL 
March 1-4: Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss Celebration 
Thursday, March 17: SPECIAL ST. PATRICK'S WEAR GREEN DAY AND CENTERS
Friday, March 18: SPECIAL SPRING AND EASTER CENTERS
March 21-April 1: SPRING BREAK!!!


If you are at the store and happen to think of us, we'd love.... 
Valentine's Day Stickers 
PRIZES FOR OUR CLASS STORE!!! 
EVEN MORE GLUE STICKS! :) 



What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: EACH, PHONE, LAUGH, ALSO, YOUR.

Letter Team:  PH (makes the "F" sound like in PHONE and GRAPH).

Reading:
 
This week we are reading books about Valentines Day and we will start learning and reading about Presidents Day.  

Writing:  We will continue practicing writing a Step Up to Writing paragraph with a topic sentence, three things about that topic, and a conclusion sentence. 

Math: 
This week, we will focus on Ways to Make Five and Ten (addition and subtraction), decomposing and composing numbers, and base ten place value. Discuss "Ways to Make Five and Ten" with your child through addition and subtraction number sentences and story problems. For example, "We need five books, but we only have three. How many more do we need?" or "10-__=4. What would go in the blank? How did you figure that out?"

Leadership: SELF-CONTROL.

Homework: February 9-12

Flashcards: Don't forget to make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: EACH, PHONE, LAUGH, ALSO, YOUR and new letter team is PH. PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRACTICE ALL OF YOUR OLD FLASHCARDS - ESPECIALLY THOSE YOUR CHILD IS STILL STRUGGLING WITH - ASSESSMENTS AND REPORT CARDS ARE COMING UP!!!! 

Phonemic Awareness: Please work with your child on the following Phonemic Awareness skills - rhyming, blending, segmenting, syllables, and beginning/middle/ending sounds. 

Reading: Play Smarty Ants for 10-15 minutes each night. In addition to Smarty Ants, we ask that you read your Book Bag every night. This includes: sight words, fluency passage, paper book, and library book. 

Writing: Write your friend's names on your valentines! A list came home last week of all the boys and girls in our class. Writing names on valentines is great writing practice! Write 3-5 sentences every day in your at-home journal. 

Math: Play Dreambox for 10-15 minutes each nightDiscuss place value with your child. Ask them how many tens and ones belong in each number and have them give you the number sentence to go with that number. Example: The number 14 has one ten and four ones. 10+4=14. 

Turn-in Homework: Last week, we learned all about our national symbols, including our flag, the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, the president, the bald eagle, and so on. Write three to five sentence about a national symbol that we learned about.